Designer Mary Maney of Crystal Kitchen + Bath takes home two trophies from the National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Awards.
On January 31, interior designer Mary Maney won first place in the Primary Bath category and Best of Show in the bath category for her work on an Edina home in the Rolling Green neighborhood.
This 1990s bathroom was updated in 2022, complete with a serene color palette, statement Carrara tile, a sculptural freestanding tub and luxurious design details.
We spoke with Maney about the win as well as the bathroom remodel itself.
What was it like to be awarded both first place in the Primary Bath category and Best in Show in the Bath category?
It was the best feeling to be acknowledged by your peers for designing a space that they feel has achieved such a high standard. The Best Overall Bath award was chosen from nine finalists in three different bathroom design categories: three for Powder Bath, three for Secondary Bath and three for Primary Bath. Again, for the judges to select my bathroom over all of these finalists was super exciting and very unexpected.
What was your reaction?
Complete surprise, especially for the Best Overall Bath award. I was very excited to tell my client that it had won two awards.
When was the primary bathroom project done?
Construction of the project was during January–March 2022.
What was the homeowners main goal with the remodel?
[The bathroom] was in need of an update and a ‘wow’ factor. This home is in a very nice neighborhood and the homeowner felt these rooms [dressing room and primary bathroom] needed a redesign.
The design requirements the client had were:
- Create an elegant and luxurious primary bathroom
- Incorporate natural stone, cabinet details and beautiful plumbing fixtures into the design
- Expand the vanity and add details to this area
- Add a sculptural tub
- Create interest in the shower
- Add heated floor
What features of the new dressing room and primary bathroom are the most distinctive in your opinion?
- The vanity is lovely in its symmetry and details—inset cabinets, the two different depths of cabinets and the valance toe.
- The wall panels that the wall sconces are mounted on give dimension to this wall and gracefully frame the curved mirrors.
- The organic curves and elegant proportions of the free-standing tub adds elegance to the room. The volcanic limestone material is warm to the touch too.
- To create visual interest to the floor, a rug pattern was incorporated with a mosaic tile and darker border tile. The shape of the mosaic tile mimics the organic leaves in the crystal chandelier above.
What are some of your favorite elements of the remodel?
All of the marble tile with the different mosaic shapes and sizes. It is so quiet in its pattern, which creates a calm feeling to the room. I love how the whole vanity area turned out. We only do remodeling and I don’t get many primary bathrooms large enough to create such a lovely vanity with the wall panels, unique mirrors and the cabinet details.
Maney says that she also worked with the same client on a kitchen remodel and two other bathrooms in the home. When Maney told the client that her primary bathroom had won two awards, the client expressed her excitement, saying the family loved the remodeled spaces so much they’d never move. “It warms my heart to know that a client loves their renovated space so much to say that to me,” Maney says. “One of the best parts of my job is all the nice people that I get to meet and be part of their lives for a little while.”